- 10 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
This might ruffle some feathers… but I enjoyed this video/article a lot.
It is titled “Why Did My Wedding Dress Cost So Much?” and documents one girl’s quest to discover what her $3500 Enzoani gown really costs to make and why the word “wedding” causes such an insane markup and has become an infectious industry standard.
I dunno about y’all but it definitely justified all the many long, tiring hours of research and eBay/Sample sale/internet prowling I’ve spent looking for/purchasing/reselling wedding dresses.
I currently have 2 in my possession out of the 6 that I’ve purchased total.
I am an avid bargain hunter and knew that dress shopping would be my biggest victory yet but with that I have sacrificed never having that Say Yes To The Dress experience with my mother/girlfriends… although, as indecisive as I am (masked as “flexibility” haha) I sort of wish I was less intimidated by the whole bridal salon experience so I could have gone in and tried the gowns on with a posse before purchasing online and then reselling (even if I did make a profit for better listing/marketing hehehe).
Long story short, over the past 6 months I’ve had a diamond white Alfred Angelo ballgown:
an ivory Mikaella mermaid:
a white Maggie Sottero a-line:
a white & heavily silver embroidered/beaded fit-n-flare Private Label by G:
and another gown – I can’t even remember what it looked like but it was part of a 3-dress lot auction that included the Maggie & Private Label but went right back on eBay as soon as I got it out of the box… lol.
Lesson here? I should have tried these on in salons first before purchasing.
Even tho I made profit on all of my resales, do yourselves a favor and skip the unknowns. Try dresses on instore first so you can love the fabric & fit & know your true size in that designer. THEN, once you are in love and know what it is your after, get online and google your heart out and track down the best bang for your buck!
SO anyway, right now in my possession I technically have 3 gowns. All of which I bought ***AFTER I TRIED THEM ON*** in their respective bridal salon & company warehouse.
One lace Enzoani number I bought at 65% off at a sample sale when Fiance and I were toying with the idea of having our wedding in a church. It is lovely for a church wedding and fits like a glove but we have since desired to keep our wedding on the glamourous yacht that we originially chose for reception & etc so this dress will be for sale shortly…
Next I have two Priscilla of Boston gowns that I scooped up in Beverly Hills before they closed up shop forever… yes, I’m still distraught & angry at you, David’s Bridal!
A moment of scilence for the blessed Priscilla of Boston……… RIP.
Alright anyway, one is a very sweet one shoulder mermaid with no train and I bought it because it fit nice & I thought I would maybe get it shortened for the reception or sell it on or something. It really is a lovely chic wedding dress and will be great for someone!
The REAL fit & flare/mermaid beauty I bought for myselt fits awesome and is made with a totally lush duchess silk fabric and has gorgeous crystal buttons and bows and exquisite lines that need no alterations. It has a little hem dirt and needs a belt or something to bring interest to the front but it truly makes me feel like a glamourous, womanly beauty and it was regularly priced at $4350 whereas I bought it for $500… **insert happy dance**
AND One of my aunts recently told me my late grandmother’s wedding dress was Priscilla of Boston and thus, I feel this deal/dress was heaven sent specifically by my lovely Nana who won’t be able to be there in person (RIP Nana), but will now be there in dress form.
It is the one.
SOOO yeah ladies, watch the article’s video and hopefully sharing my story will help those of you in the dress dilemma learn from my months of trial and error!
Don’t be afraid to find a dress style/designer you like and then call ahead to the salons that have it and ask if you can come down and see/feel/try it on because after all you are SHOPPING for this most inportant gown and they should be happy to have your interest.
Then once you are inlove and have your vision narrowed, shop online and if you see something else that’s available in your price range and NEGOTIATE/make offers because more often than not, you can spend less and get more in the sample/gently used/resale market as opposed to the pretty little bridal salons and the mark ups that come with the territory.
If you must buy retail, at least you can say you knew what you were getting yourself into!
kk i’m done!
I’d love to hear of any other budget bride’s dress journeys too so do tell, ladies!
Now I’m onto the bridesmaid dress journey… and I’m already having issues but I have a lot of patience, positivity and the support/input of you all to get me through!